When the pair link Harriet's disappearance to a number of grotesque murders from forty years ago, they begin to unravel a dark and appalling family history. But the Vangers are a secretive clan, and Blomkvist and Salander are about to find out just how far they are prepared to go to protect themselves.
©2008 Reg Keeland; (P)2009 WF Howes Ltd
So many great books, and so little time to meet them all..this is why I adore audio books, I take them with me everywhere: studio, garden etc.
Based on the reviews that I read I was looking forward to this book and whilst it was enjoyable enough I felt at the end that the whole thing was just slightly off key, and I won't be listening to it again. I did not feel that any of the characters really achieved their potential under the writer's hand although they came closest in the Lisbet character. The 'baddies' were just too bad, too black and white and I felt too, that the violence, grotesque as it was, was perhaps just a tad calculated to shock the reader.
Perhaps Larsson's style lost something in the translation, but I found that the language was pretty wooden as if he was just churning through and trying to get the story told without much consideration for style. The narrator was just fine and I would be happy to listen to him again, but not in a Larsson novel...
Initially this book was a bit difficult to settle with. The characters seemed a bit over the top along with the sadistic elements. The narrator's voice was also a little off putting, somewhat clipped and providing a swedish uncle with a bluff englishman's vocal tones but by the end I was cheering the the main character and keen to hear the next installment. Worth persevering!
Quality was excellent. Very easy to listen to.
I can see why this book has been popular. The characters and the plot are interesting. The Scandinavian flavor is nice too, if you're from North America and not used to it. The narration is "okay," but not great. I grew tired of the main character's endless and improbably sexual exploits, however, and they started to detract from the quality of the novel. It's not that the sex is graphic, because it is not. It's just so endless...
This is an enjoyable read, and the narrator is fantastic.
The book is charmingly Scandinavian - lots of snow, endless coffee, and liberal socialist attitudes - but boy could it do with some decent editorial input! The pointless back stories about completely irrelevant characters, the family trees tediously detailed... there would have been a lot of skimming in hard copy.
Another silly but enjoyable bestseller - but only after I put it to 2X speed on my iPod. Even then, I had to check several times that it was still on that setting. We should have been told what the value of Kroner is in real money.
Loves the hunt for books almost more than the reading itself! Romance, Christian and Mysteries. Best book ever read: Girl with the Dragon tattoo.
Well researched! Makes you want to visit Sweden. The title makes you expect something quite different though. Cant wait for the next book in the trilogy.
It could be that it's just not my "kind" of book, but I did not enjoy this story. The 'twist' was fairly obvious, I thought, from early on, as was the 'who'. I found the way that the narrator pronounced place names and character names distracting, and it took me out of the story regularly. I didn't think much of Bloomkvist and had trouble empathising with him. I often found myself starting to let daydreams get in the way as I listened and was constantly rewinding so I could hear what I'd missed. The book is well written and although I can't quite understand the cult status of this book, the characters certainly are well presented and fully thought out. They all felt very 'real'. I guess "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" just wasn't my cup of tea.
I listened to this book while on several all day car trips. I was consistently disappointed to reach my destination because it meant I had to stop listening.
No complaints other than I wish the author hadn't died!
A great story. It seemed to take a while to gain momentum but then it was compelling listening. My only criticism is that it stopped abruptly.I wanted to hear what happened to Lisbeth.
I had stubbornly avoided reading this book for a long time, preferring to ignore all the hype surrounding it, but now having read it I am officially a huge fan of Stieg Larsson.
After a slow start which almost caused me to stop reading, it gathers pace and momentum, quickly becoming the kind of book that dominates your thoughts and time until you have finished it. It has so many twists and turns it continually surprises and pleases you. I would highly recommend this book, persevere and you are well rewarded.
"From the Woman with the e-pen"
This is the first third of a work never destined to be see by its' author in print. The book is entirely captivating as we are drawn in to the worlds of Lisbeth Salander and Mikhael Blomkvist. Those two characters are the magnets and glue which drive the action and keep us interested. In spite of yourself you will love and understand Salander who will turn into some sort of superhero before your eyes(or ears). The plot is complicated althought not confusing and I guarantee you will want to be Lisbeth before the end of the book and you just won't understand why. Go on. Dive in
"The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"
Larson sends you on a trip into an entirely different world culturally, geographically and generational transporting the listener to Sweden and beyond. He cleverly manipulates the story with a number of obvious endings which other authors would have left the listener with a hole in the stomach and feeling of a rushed ending.The book though leaves the scene set for the next episode. Twists and turns, the players are beautifully brought to life by Saul Reichlin. Significantly better then the film, I cannot wait to complete the next two episodes.
Excellent finish to the trilogy. A new set of baddies. Saul Reichlin was very good.
This book is very clever. Has got a lot of action and a love story as well. I could not wait to read more to see what's happening.
"Couldn't stop listening"
Such a fantastic story, I had to really concentrate at first to understand the names in Swedish, but after a while I really enjoyed listening as the tale twisted and turned and developed! A great sense of loss when it finished .... Thank there's 2 more to listen to......
"A shocker but well worth it."
Obviously I had heard about this book and the 2 movies that were made from the book, reviews had been great but there have been other books made to films that had a lot of hype and I simply thought were not worth it. When I first started this I thought this was one of them. I persevered and it was well worth it. The way it switch from the 2 main characters was brilliant. There were parts that made me grimace and made for an uncomfortable listen but the shocks, twists and turns are what make this book what it is. I normally do about an hour a day with audio books, but with this book I did 5 hours in a row at one point. Looking forward to the next 2.
"All 3 from the series!! A Must!"
The girl with the dragon tattoo, the girl who played with fire and the girl who kicked the hornets nest are absolutely phenomenal! I had even sat and listened ti the books of an evening as well as all day instead of any other entertainment. I listen to audio books while driving my lorry, was a fantastic series. Highly highly recommend!
"Slow to start, but gripping towards the end!"
A must read if you've enjoyed the film. A definite must read if you've never seen the film! A slow starting story that picks up pace and sweeps you along with it. Twisty and detailed, you can not fail to enjoy the work put into the characters, their interactions and the narrative that describes all the action precisely as you would imagine it.
"Hype completely justified"
I resisted either reading or listening to this book for a long time. Often books that are so hyped turn out to be disappointing. However, I just loved it. I much enjoy stories with great characterisation, and the characters here are so well-rounded and fascinating. I see that some people found it boring - not enough action. To my mind the character/action balance was absolutely perfect, as was the narration.
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